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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-26-2011, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Noticed this past weekend before taking the bike out that there was oil on the left fork about 3 to 4 inches above the seal... had just washed I it the prior day so not sure if that had anything to do with it.. like if the seal was bad and water got down in there. Going to take it to the shop and get it taken care of but was wondering if it was probably just seals and an oil change and nothing else to worry about.. then I may be inclined to attempt it myself.

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You could try it but fork seals are a lot tougher to change than you would think. Getting the forks apart without taking a fork spring cap to the forehead or inbedding a cap in your garage ceiling is the first pain. Getting the oil filled in each leg at exactly the same level is the second part. Fighting to get the spring caps back on is the hardest part.
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I'll be dropping it off at the shop I bought it from tomorrow on my way home from work. The comment about embedding things into ceilings was what did it for me lol. Thanks!

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I did mine myself for the first time and it was pretty easy. I am not a mechanic but I am mechanically inclined. BTW embedding them in the ceiling i think is an over statement. When removing the caps as long as you have some weight on them you will have no worries. I was expecting the worse due to someone else making the same statement but I didn't have the $270 to have them replaced at the shop or to spend on special tools. It is easier to get the caps back on if you have someone press the cap down while you spin the tube. My neighbor and I got pretty quick at taking them on and putting them back on because we misunderstood the measurement directions. We were measuring from the bottom and not the top while compressed. Seal & wipers cost me $57 and the oil 10w was $17 for 2 liters of the nice racing fork oil.
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Wow, blkvegas. Shops in Texas are pretty expensive I just got mine serviced my local shop and it only cost me about 140 bucks. They were done in about hour and a half and I didn't get my hands dirty.

Spiritoaks, I noticed that you also have an 03 Vegas. Fork oil needs to be replaced every 15k miles if you already at 15k or almost there get the whole thing done. After I got mine done bike's handling improved by a mile. I highly recommend it. Heck I don't have to recomend it owners manual says you have to do it.

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Don't be afraid to do this yourself. It is relatively easy to do as I have done this numerous times on many bikes including cartridge (upside down) forks. If your mileage is high, change the oil in both sides. You will save $ and the improvement with fresh oil will be noticeable.

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I dropped it off yesterday afernoon to get it done.. when I told them that it as the left side that was the issue the guy said that they were just going to do both and do it all.

For the most part I am pretty mechanically inclined... but I also know how my luck runs and usually that first time is not pretty. Given that I need it back on the road for this coming weekend and given that this weekend will be a long trip... I thought to be safe it would be better to lay it in the hands of the mechanics.

Thanks for all the advice though!

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